Tim's Devotional 12/02/2006
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Today's verses: Psalm 1:1 2, "Blessed is the man who does not walk in
the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in
the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and
on his law, he meditates day and night."
Today's topic: Seeking a Blessing
We are all seeking after happiness. Sometimes something that might
make one happy will not result in joy in another. In Bolzano, Italy a
judge is having to consider if a designer toilet that plays the
country's national anthem when it is flushed is a national offense.
It was seized by police from the city's art museum recently. Lawyers
have their arguments on both sides. But the reality is that while
some argue the patriotic nature of the commode, others consider it a
It is true that what will give one joy may not another. However, this
Psalm directs us to a happiness that is for everyone. The reality of
how we each work out this blessedness varies with the person, but the
principle still stands. The one who walks and delights in the law of
the Lord and does not follow after wickedness is blessed.
No one seeks misery. We all seek happiness. Even those who live self-
destructive lifestyles, when asked "Why?" will reply that it makes
them happy. This Psalm starts out by giving us some good parental
advice. The one who follows the Lord and forsakes the ways of the
wicked is blessed. It is simple, but in its simplicity, we find a
truth that we have all learned by both observation and experience.
It is often the case that those who begin to walk in the counsel of
the wicked do not plan to stay there long enough to end up sitting in
the seat of mockers. Often sin is viewed as something that we indulge
for a season or in a moment of weakness. But that is rationalization
and justification to appease a conscience that is screaming at our
foolishness. It is not the path to blessedness. We know it, but all
too often indulge the flesh and wooing of the world anyway.
When we read "law of the Lord" in verse two, let us simply read it as
the Scriptures. So we could render the passage (in a very loose
transliteration) "Happy is anyone who finds joy in the Word of God
and has regular devotions." I did say it was a loose translation of
the second verse. However, we know this is true. When we have regular
times meeting with God in prayer and Bible reading/study, we feel
closer to Him and further from sin. Sin will easily keep us from
Bible reading and prayer, and Bible reading and prayer go a long way
in combating sin in our lives.
If I had started out this short devotional by asking you if you
wanted to be blessed, I am sure you would have thought, "Sure. Who
doesn't want a blessing? Who would turn down a blessing? Who doesn't
feel it is about time they had a blessing?" Well, you have just been
informed how to have a blessing, and I didn't tell you; the Lord did
in His Holy Word. "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the
counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the
seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on
his law he meditates day and night."
Soli Deo Gloria, T-